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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 27, 2011 8:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest Brent Show (or looseness tightness debate)

Hes more so referring to the style of songs. Compare anthem of the sun to workingman's dead and you have two different bands. I personally don't think the acoustic sets had anything to do with that switch, they played acoustic before all of it.

I totally see what you're saying about the jams of 70-74 and I agree. But I think you're missing the point as to the change. The change was really the addition of americana style music, it wasn't this odd hip exploratory acid music. Sure they were still playing out there stuff but the introduction of this "new" music was the origin of the typical setlist and musical structure for essentially 76-95.

at least thats my undeveloped thesis on this interesting topic.